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These photos were taken at Cheney Lake in October 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. The park is a couple of blocks from my house. The 34-acre lake is used for ice skating in the winter and fish and boating in the summer. The man-made lake was originally a gravel pit that was turned into a park. The water body is spring feed. Anchorage does not always have colorful scenery in the fall. Most years there is too much rain in Anchorage and the leaves turn brown after falling.

I was mountain biking with my camera and monopod when I noticed the colorful foliage and mirror like reflections. I used a Nikon D7000 with my Nikon 55-200mm f/4-f/5.6 kit lens. I turn off the vibration reduction (VR) function on the lens when using the zoom with a tripod. The VR mode seems to adjust the lens just before exposure. It shifts up and then down before an exposure is taken. The VR mode is not needed when using a tripod since there is no camera movement requiring VR adjustment. VR’s purpose is to adjust for camera motion. This is a kit lens but produces sharp images with a monopod or tripod. I was shooting both RAW and JPEG files. I used Nikon transfer software to import my images. Later I started using Elements 9 to process my images and then Lightroom 4.
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